Friday, July 15, 2011

Moran's Return

This slow piece is included in the Joyce 1909 Collection Old Irish Music and Songs – A Collection of 842 Irish Airs and Songs Hitherto Unpublished. Patrick Weston Joyce was not only a pivotally important music collector he was also a highly regarded historian, Irish language scholar and educationalist. His 1909 collection was one of two music collections that he published – the first collection in 1873 consisted of One Hundred Tunes Hitherto Unpublishedand like his substantive 1909 Collection if included many interesting notes to the tunes. In 1888 PW Joyce also published a less spoken about collection of Irish Music and Song,a collection of Gaelic Songs which significantly matched the syllables of the words to the actual melody of the songs. This latter publication was actually undertaken for the Society for The Preservation of the Irish Language. The all-round scholar’s 1909 Collection included tunes from his own memory and his own collections but also from the Forde and Pigott Collections in addition to tunes he had obtained from his antiquarian colleagues, such as Petrie- who actually published many tunes he had obtained from Joyce and other similarly motivated people with whom he had been in communication during the second half of the nineteenth century.Joyce had notated many airs and melodies from singers and ‘Moran’s Return’is one such tune,the footnote to which stated that he had written it down from singers about 1844.

Dominique Rivière made a beautifull transcription for bouzouki (, I made a little easier and putted a second line for low whistle.

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